Get ready for another round of manufactured media drama, where professional campaign operatives and the parrot-like surrogates of their respective candidates will be shocked, stunned and amazed that the president of the United States is waiting to exhale after the election:
For the second time in six months, a live mic picked up a private exchange between the president and a world leader, this time Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
In Seoul on Monday, Obama assured the outgoing Russian leader that a compromise over a contentious missile defense system could be reached after the 2012 election. “This can be solved, but it’s important for him to give me space,” Obama said, referring to incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.”
CBS News has audio of the statements, which followed a 90-minute meeting between Obama and Medvedev over a proposed U.S. missile defense system in Europe. Russia strongly opposes the project, but the United States argues it is necessary to protect against the possibility of a nuclear Iran.
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney seized on the open mic mishap at a rally in San Diego hours later, calling the president’s remarks “alarming” and “troubling.” House Speaker John Boehner joined the fray on Twitter: “We look forward to hearing what he meant by having ‘more flexibility’ on missile defense.”
Well, John (I can call you John, can’t I? I feel like we’ve shared so much already!), I think you already know what he meant. He meant after the election, he won’t have to worry about the dumbass right wing of your nutty party blowing every tiny thing he says or does into an attack ad. He means that he won’t have to defend what would, in another, saner world, be considered perfectly rational policies.
And as for you, Mitt – geeze, your own damned healthcare plan, scaled up for the national plan. “alarms” and “troubles” you! Why don’t you take a Xanax and go lie down for a little nap?